If you don't figure it out by reading it, this takes place when Casey and Derek are twenty. Anyway, here is the last update for this story, aka the epilogue! Review!
Disclaimer: I don't own anything relating to LWD, because if I did, there'd be a lot more Dasey : )
Derek, have you seen my cellphone anywhere?" Casey asked, rummaging through the contents of her purse anxiously. "I've been looking for like, twenty minutes and I can't find it."
"Here's an idea for you;" Derek said from his spot on the couch, "Pick up that thing over there called a cordless phone, and call it."
Casey glared at him from across the room, but he took absolutely no notice. He was that focused on his precious hockey game that she was almost certain she could dance naked in front of him and he wouldn't even notice. He was lazing across the couch at the moment, shirtless, and with his hair all messed up. No matter how many times she yelled at him to go get a shower and get dressed, she had to admit that she loved the way he looked when he first woke up in the morning.
But however much she loved his appearance, she knew that they had to get ready, and him lying around on the couch wasn't going to help.
"Derek," she said sternly, placing a hand on her hip pointedly. He didn't even budge. "Derek, I'm serious. You need to start getting ready. Lizzie and Edwin's graduation starts in an hour, and if we miss it, they'll never forgive us."
He was unmoved by this statement, and merely took on an amused smile. Casey felt herself grow angry; he always got some sick, twisted pleasure out of getting under her skin.
"Derek, come on, this is your little brother and sister's high school graduation." she reminded him, trying to keep herself calm. Derek answered this time, but his eyes remained set on the screen.
"Edwin missed our high school graduation." he reminded her with a smirk. "It won't make a difference if I'm a few minutes late to his, will it?"
"Derek, Edwin had mono on the day of our high school graduation, and he got Lizzie to tape the whole thing so he could watch it afterwards." she said, rolling her eyes. "Now get up, or else I swear to God I won't kiss you for a week, let alone touch you."
Derek's eyes widened at this and his gaze instantly shot over to where Casey was standing, smirking with the knowledge that she had defeated him.
"Graduation?" he asked in a shaky voice as he shot up off the couch and flicked the TV off. "Oh I'm all over it. I love graduations." Casey raised an eyebrow and continued to smirk as he crossed the room and came to a stop in front of her. He rushed on. "You know, all the coloured balloons and the food and the crowds-"
"And the knowledge of knowing that your siblings have worked hard for thirteen years to get a good education?" Casey suggested, shooting him a stern look. He nodded his head quickly.
"Yeah, that too." he lied with a fake smile. "Absolutely. Hard work, perseverance, education, all that good stuff." he said, before starting to back up towards the bathroom. "I'm just going to uh .. you know, go get a shower now."
"Uh-huh." Casey replied, trying to bite back a laugh at his attitude. She nodded. "You do that, Der."
"You're welcome to join me if you'd like." he offered, raising an eyebrow at her suggestively. "I promise you I won't complain." She rolled her eyes and picked up a clean towel from the pile of laundry she had just finished folding. She tossed it at him as hard as she could and it hit his chest. He caught it before it fell and pouted at her.
"As tempting as that sounds, I'm going to have to pass." she laughed, trying not to give into the sexy stare he was penetrating her with. She shook her head with the little self control she had left. "Nuh-uh, Derek. Not going to happen. Go get your shower."
"You're no fun anymore." he grumbled, storming into the bathroom. He paused right before he shut the door, sticking his head out through the crack and giving her a suggestive smile. She shook her head.
"The answer is still no." she said in a sing song voice. He glared at her and shut the door. A moment later she heard the shower starting up, and she smiled as she found her cellphone lying underneath Derek's hockey jersey.
"Perfect." she said with a smile, flipping it open and calling the all too familar number of her best friend. It rang a few times before an excited female voice picked up on the other end.
"Casey?" the girl cried in excitement, causing Casey to hold the phone about an inch away from her ear. "Thank god. I need your advice on which top to wear. There's the black one, you know, the one Derek said makes me look emo, and then there's the white one, the one that he said makes me look like a giant marshmallow. You know which ones I'm talking about, right?"
"Is there anything in your wardrobe that Derek hasn't criticized yet?" she asked, making a mental note to hit him later.
"No," Terra said sadly, but she instantly cheered up. "But I don't care. He only does it because last year I told him his that his hockey jersey made him look like a girl. Remember? It was at the beginning of the year and the coach checked the wrong color for the jerseys when he ordered them."
''Oh yeah." Casey said with an amused smile. "I'll never forget how much of a fight Derek put up about having to play the first game of the year in pink and white jerseys. I kept telling him that it takes a real man to wear pink and that he looked cute in it, but then he saw me laughing my ass off at him at half time. I think he slept on the couch that night."
''Good thing they shipped in the black ones for the next game, huh?" Terra said, laughing at the memory. "Anyway, which one should I wear?"
"The black one; definitly the black one." Casey decided with a smile. She heard the bathroom door open up behind her and Derek came out with a towel wrapped around his waist, still soaking wet. Her heart skipped a beat and she had to remind herself to breathe as she tried to summon up enough oxygen to get out a full sentence.
"Uh, Terra?" she stammered into the phone as Derek came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist firmly. "I'm going to have to call you back."
She turned around in Derek's hold, suddenly glad that she hadn't gotten changed yet, as he had managed to get her soaking wet. She wrapped one arm around his neck, and allowed the other to run up and down his chest. She smirked up at him.
"You know, I'm really starting to regret turning down that offer for the shower." she said with a smirk. He grinned down at her, pulling her a little bit closer.
"The offer still stands strong." he whispered hopefully, running one hand up her back and allowing it to tangle through her hair. "After spending the whole day in a crowded room full of people, I'm willing to bet you're going to want to get cleaned up the second you get home?"
"Mmm.. maybe." she said as he kissed her neck. She tilted her head back, a lazy smile plastered across her face despite herself. "D-Derek, stop that. We've got to go get ready."
He smirked and trailed his lips up to hers. She opened her mouth to protest, but he leaned in and kissed her, grabbing both of her wrists in his hands and walking her up against the wall. When she kissed him back, he dropped her wrists and let his hands caress her sides gently. Her hands tangled through his wet hair, the smell of his shampoo intoxicating her. He was still warm from his shower and Casey loved the feel of his damp skin pressed up against her. After a moment, she realized that she was getting distracted again and pulled herself away from him, pushing him backwards a bit.
"Stop that." she said scornfully, swatting his shoulder playfully.
"Stop what?" he asked, clearly disappointed that she had stopped their little grope fest. He frowned. "I'm your boyfriend, I'm allowed to kiss you."
"You did that on purpose." she scowled, folding her arms across her chest. He raised an eyebrow at her as though asking her to explain. She sighed. "You know I can't turn you away when you're all wet, and .. and shirtless .. and .. only wearing a towel." she pouted, causing him to smirk and take a step towards her. She kept her gaze fixed on his face, not allowing herself to go any lower than that. If she did, they'd never make it to the graduation. She pressed her hands firmly against his chest to keep him a good foot away from her.
"No, Derek." she said, though hell knows all she wanted to do was kiss him. "We start something, we'll never get out of here. We've got to pick up Terra on the way."
"Oh screw Terra." Derek mumbled, grabbing a much smaller towel off the back of the chair and attempting to wring some of the water out of his hair. She raised an eyebrow.
"That's my best friend you're talking about, thank you very much." she reminded him as she grabbed a brush off of the top of the entertainment center and began to run it through her hair. "Not to mention that she's one of your best friends too."
"Yeah, whatever." Derek sighed, grabbing his clothes off of the back of the kitchen chair. He kissed Casey softly on the lips before walking backwards towards their bedroom. "I'm going to get ready Miss Know-It-All."
Casey rolled her eyes as she heard their bedroom door shut. She sighed. So much had changed in the past three years. Her and Derek were both twenty years old, and they were both attending the University of Toronto. Their parents had driven them up to Toronto the summer after they graduated to help scout out an apartment for them to reside in; seeing as they couldn't remain in London for school. They had insisted on living together, of course, and their parents had approved, knowing that it would be easier on costs, and it would make them happier anyway. They had found a two bedroom apartment, which came in handy whenever one of the kids wanted to stay for the weekend. They had been living together in the apartment peacefully ever since. Well, as peacefully as you could live when you put Derek and Casey under the same roof.
Casey and Derek were still great friends with all of their friends from high school. They still hung out with Emily and Sam on a regular basis, and it wasn't uncommon for Max and Kendra, who were still together, to drop in unexpectedly. Sheldon, much to Emily's dismay, had moved to British Columbia during their senior year. He had originally planned on coming back to Ontario for university, but he had been offered a great scholarship at a university not too far from where he lived. He had thought it out, and decided that he needed to do what was best. They all understood his decision, and still talked to him regularily. Derek, surprisingly enough, had been sorry to see Sheldon go. He said that he'd always found Sheldon to be annoying and creepy, but oddly enough, that was what he missed about him.
The biggest surprise of Casey's life had occured when she had attended her very first class at the University of Toronto and had found herself face to face with her alternate-universe best friend, Terra. Initial shock had prevented Casey from saying more than two words to Terra, but it had finally sunk in, and the two had become fast friends ( again ). Casey had, at first, had a lot of trouble with biting back things that she wasn't supposed to know about Terra, things that she had told her in the other universe. Terra hadn't changed at all; she was still the same hyperactive, energetic and honest best friend that she had been before. Her and Derek were great friends as well, but they loved to constantly insult each other; and occasionally, Casey.
They had hit a snag in their second year of university when Meghan had unexpectedly shown up to surrpise Derek. Much to Casey's initial dismay, she hadn't just been visiting, she had moved back to Ontario; on her own of course. Casey, however much she loved Derek and knew that he loved her back, had been reluctant to allow Derek anywhere near Meghan. It wasn't that she didn't trust Derek; because she did. It was Meghan that she didn't trust. A few arguments had broken out as they all adjusted to the situation, but Casey had understandably felt like an idiot when Meghan's boyfriend Jake showed up a week later, explaining that he'd been finishing up a filming project back in Alberta. Derek and Jake hit it off great, seeing as Derek doing a lot of film studies to persue his dreams of becoming a director. Casey and Meghan had, eventually, become friends, but it had been a very strained relationship at first. It had taken Casey a long time to trust her, but she had learned to forgive and forget. Meghan had Jake, and Casey had Derek, and she had finally accepted that.
As for her and Derek, they were still going strong. Sure, they still had the occasional blow up, but they never let things get as out of hand as they had before. Nearly losing their relationship had taught them a very valuable lesson; one that they wouldn't forget anytime soon. Now, if either of them had a problem with the other, they would come clean and talk it out with each other until it was solved. Neither of them had changed entirely, of course. Derek could still be a jerk from time to time, but whenever he was, Casey was quick to point it out, and he'd try to stop. As for Casey, she still had a couple of high expectations of Derek, but everytime she got too demanding and high-strung he would tell her that she was expecting too much, and she would remember to love Derek for who he was. They both understood that neither of them were perfect; and they were okay with that. Casey had accepted that her Derek, and the Derek from her wish, were two completely different people. The Derek in her wish had been amazing, but so was the real Derek. They were just amazing in two different ways. There was never a day that he didn't make her feel loved and respected, and that was all that really mattered.
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"How does it feel to be back here, huh? In a room full of high school students?" Derek asked Casey as they scanned the room quickly. He slipped his arm around her waist and observed their surroundings. They were at the after party that Nora and George had thrown for Edwin and Lizzie. It was much like Derek and Casey's after party had been, and Casey leaned her head against Derek's shoulder as they watched Edwin lead Lizzie out onto the dance floor with a smile.
"Aren't they just so cute?" Casey cooed as she watched her little sister laughing at something Edwin had said. She looked up at Derek. "Isn't Lizzie's dress amazing? You can personally credit me, thank you very much; I helped her pick it out. And doesn't Edwin just look adorable in his suit?"
Derek rolled his eyes. "Casey, guys don't want to be called adorable. So you can call Edwin adorable all you want." he said quite seriously. "But if you ever call me adorable, I might just have to-"
Casey cut him off as an evil smile appeared on her face and she shifted out of his hold, moving so that she was standing in front of him. She folded her arms across her chest.
"Derek Venturi, you are the most amazing, sweet, caring ..."
"Don't even," Derek warned, looking down at her sternly. A mischevious smirk appeared on her face.
"-adorable guy I've ever met." she finished as Derek groaned in frustration. He buried his face in his hands and turned away from her for a moment. When he turned back, he had a pained expression on his face, but she could tell that he was biting back a smile.
"Why'd you go and do that, huh?" he asked her in mock-dismay. "You just completely ruined my self confidence. I've worked for years on end to build up my tough guy rep, and then you just-"
Casey cut him off with hysterical laughter. His jaw stiffened and he frowned down at her impatiently.
"What is so funny?" he asked her sternly as she caught her breath. She smiled as she looked back up at him.
"Sorry," she got out breathlessly. "But are you talking about the same guy who tells me he loves me about twenty five times a day? Or the guy who absolutely loves Valentines Day and anniversaries, even if he'd never admit it to anybody but me? Or maybe we're talking about the guy who finds it cute when I call him sweetheart."
"Alright, stop it!" Derek growled, covering her mouth with his hand quickly. He looked over his shoulder frantically, as though afraid someone had heard her. Slowly, he uncovered her mouth and let his hand drop down and slip into hers. "Geez woman, you don't let that sort of thing slip in public."
"What sort of thing?" she asked, the smile never leaving her face. She raised an eyebrow. "Oh, you mean the fact that you're an absolute sweetheart?"
"Casey!" he hissed, but she leaned up and covered his lips with hers, preventing him from saying anything else. As much as he was trying to pretend like he was angry, he was never one to turn away from one of her kisses, and his arms wrapped instinctively around her waist, pulling her impossibly closer. She felt him smiling against her lips and she pressed her hands against his back firmly, holding him tighter to her. An amused cough from behind them about half a minute later was what finally broke them apart. Casey turned around, her arms around Derek's neck, and smiled sheepishly at her mother.
"You know, this reminds me an awful lot of your high school graduation." Nora said with an amused smile as Casey tried to inconspiculously wipe her mouth; failing terribly. "You two have seriously got to keep the PDA on the DL."
The only thing that kept the both of them from cracking up laughing at that point was their respect for Nora; though Derek did admittedly turn away quickly, and Casey had to bite her lip from saying anything criticizing. After a moment, she controlled the need to laugh and allowed herself to speak.
"Mom, have you been reading more internet articles on how to communicate with your children?" she asked knowingly. Nora's eyes widened and a blush crept onto her cheeks rapidly.
''Who, me?" she asked, waving a hand carelessly. "Oh, no! Of course not! I'm just going to go .. check if .. George needs help with the .. uh .. well, bye!"
With that said, she turned her back and shuffled off in the other direction, grumbling to herself about faulty websites. Derek turned back to Casey and laughed, before pulling her against his chest into a tight hug. His arms wrapped around her waist tightly and he buried his face into the space between her shoulder and her neck. She let her chin rest on his shoulder as her arms wrapped around his neck. She smiled to herself. She loved the way that she just fit into his arms perfectly, and the way that he could always make her feel safe and protected. She closed her eyes as he kissed the side of her head and let his lips trail down, stopping right next to her ear.
"I love you." he whispered, and she could have sworn she felt herself melt into his arms. "You know that, don't you?"
As hard as she tried, she couldn't wipe the stupid smile off of her face. She found it amusing that he would even have to ask that question after three and a half years together. If there was one thing that she was sure of, it was that Derek loved her, and she loved Derek. She nodded, kissing the side of his head gently.
"Of course I know that, Derek." she said softly, running her fingers along the base of his neck gently. She could have sworn she heard him breathe in sharply when she did this, but she let it go. "I love you too."
"You'd better." he said with a grin, as he pulled back enough so that he could look her right in the eye. Casey laughed and leaned her head back down against his shoulder for a moment, her eyes still scanning the room curiously. She raised her head again when she spotted Tinker, who was there with his younger brother Joey, who happened to be friends with Edwin and Lizzie. She bit her lip and looked back up at Derek.
"Tinker looks insanely jealous." she noted, glancing over at the redhead, who was, indeed, eyeing Derek and Casey with an envy that Casey hadn't seen since her high school days; when Derek's fan girls would burst into tears everytime Derek so much as held Casey's hand. Derek glanced behind his shoulder long enough to catch a glimpse of Tinker's jealousy. He turned back to Casey with a smirk.
"Well he should be jealous," Derek said with a shrug, as he tangled his fingers through Casey's hair. "I've got the most amazing girl in all of Canada in my arms, and what does he have? Nothing."
Derek glanced at Tinker again, and raised an eyebrow.
"I think he's checking out your ass." Derek said in mock anger. Casey smirked.
"Can you blame him?" she asked in a cocky sort of way. Derek knew she was joking, but he shrugged and shook his head.
"Can't say I do," he admitted, but then his face turned serious. "But just in case, I think I should go kick his ass."
"Derek!" she said, smacking his shoulder lightly. He pulled away from her and rubbed his shoulder as though she had actually hurt him.
"That's what I get for trying to defend your honour?" he asked, pretending to be hurt. He pouted. "Fine, I'll never do it again; happy?"
Casey laughed and took his hand, leading him out to where crowds of people were dancing to a slower song that she recognnized instantly as 'their' song. He placed one hand on her hip and the other on the small of her back, moving closer to her so that she was leaning against his chest. They didn't say a word for a moment, but Casey could have sworn that he was shaking. He only shook when he was scared, nervous, or in pain, and she couldn't see why he should be scared or in pain while dancing with her; but there also wasn't much sense in being nervous either. When he spoke again, however, he seemed perfectly fine.
"The party turned out great, baby." he said to her, his chin resting lightly on the top of her head. "You, your Mom, and Lizzie did an excellent job putting it together."
"Aww, thank you, Der." she said, running a hand through his hair casually. His hand slipped a little bit further down her back.
"Did you have fun planning it?" he asked. Casey thought back to the countless hours that she had spent back at home with her mother and Lizzie, working out the fine details, since Edwin and George wanted no part in 'foolish planning' , as they had called it at the time. They had definitly had a lot of laughs; and it had almost reminded her of old times, back when it was just her and her mother and Lizzie. She was careful not to wish for those days too much though; she knew how that had turned out. She smiled softly.
"Yeah; I really did." she admitted, letting her hand untangle from Derek's hair and trail down to rest on the back of his neck. "I think I might sort of miss it; it was exciting."
"Oh yeah?" Derek asked, his voice definitly shaking now. Casey was going to question it, but he continued. "Well, how would you like to help me plan something?"
Casey didn't even raise her head up from Derek's shoulder. She rubbed small circles on his back without thought, staring at the room around her. She watched as Edwin let Lizzie's old friend, Jamie, cut in.
"What is it, baby?" she asked, used to this sort of thing. "Is it another project for film class? Because I already told you I'm not really into the whole acting thing. I'm more of a dancer."
She could sense Derek shaking his head above her, indicating that she was wrong.
"Not a film project, Case." he said, his voice wavering on every note. His body seemed stiffer than usual and he held her tighter to his chest. "How would you feel about planning a wedding?"
Casey's heart seemed to skip a beat as her mind registered what he had just said. She stopped moving in time with the music, and pulled back, looking into his nervous eyes with surprise. He was shaking, and worry was etched across his face prominently. She tried to speak, but her voice didn't appear to be working. She opened and closed her mouth a couple of times, before finally managing to get out;
"What do you mean?"
Derek brought a shaking hand down to the pocket of his jacket, and pulled out a black, velvet box. He opened it with trembling fingers and lowered himself onto one knee. Casey didn't even realize that everybody around them had stopped to observe what was going on. Judging by the smiles on their faces, they had all known what Derek was going to do. She looked back down at him as he took her hand and kissed the back of it gently, his eyes never leaving hers.
"I love you, Casey." he said softly, his voice still nervous. "I know I may drive you crazy half of the time, and hell, you drive me crazy too, but I think that's what keeps our relationship so exciting for me; the fact that you always present a challenge in my life. I love that about you. Everyday of my life is always amazing because you're in it, and I want to be able to wake up to that every single day for the rest of my life. I hope you'll let me have that." he said, a small smile on his face. "Casey, will you marry me?"
If she could have moved or breathed, it might have been possible to get out an answer at that moment; but she had nothing. Her body remained completely immobile as she stared at Derek with a mix of surprise and shock. She was having trouble processing what he had just said to her. With each second that passed, Derek was growing more and more nervous, and she knew it. She wanted to say something to put his mind at ease, but everytime she tried to open her mouth to say something, the words would die away before they were even spoken.
"Out of all the times in the world, you choose now to finally be quiet." Derek said, with an attempt at humor. Hearing his voice is what finally snapped her out of her reverie, and a smile suddenly broke out onto her face. She realized what he had just said and smacked his shoulder. Derek's eyebrows scrunched together and he scowled, rubbing his shoulder. He stood back up and frowned at her.
"You know, if that's what I get for doing something absolutely-"
"-adorable." she finished teasingly, before wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him. He was actually surprised by this action, and it took him a moment to respond to her kiss. He placed one hand on the back of her head and pulled her closer, the other hand still holding the ring. He pulled back for a moment, staring into her eyes with not as much worry as before, but he still seemed to be a bit on edge.
"So, does that mean-" he started, but trailed off when he saw her nodding her head with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face. Relief washed over him and his eyes widened.
"I can't believe you'd even have to ask that." she got out, choking over her own tears. She gave a choppy laugh and wiped a tear away. "If you think I'd say no, you're crazy."
"No; being crazy is your job." he teased with a grin, slipping the ring onto her finger and pulling her into a hug. She heard people around them clapping for the two of them, but she was barely paying attention to any of them. She was too wrapped up in Derek.
This had to be one of the best days of her life; no questions asked. For the rest of the graduation party, she couldn't wipe the stupid smile off of her face, she was that happy. It didn't take her too long to notice that Derek's face wore a similar look. She didn't feel like as big of an idiot after that. Derek kept smiling at her and occasionally pulling her into the corner of the room for quick makeout sessions, which always seemed to be interrupted by one of their parents amused, yet totally parental coughs.
Casey had to admit; the wish had caused a whole lot of trouble for her and Derek at first. The fight that they had gone through in high school had definitly made her wonder if their relationship would ever last. But she knew now that their relationship was entirely stable, and it was all because she had realized that Derek wasn't perfect, and he never would be. But to her, he was as perfect as he'd ever have to be. She didn't expect him to be flawless. She recognized that everybody had their flaws, even her. She had a tendency of being judgemental and high-maintenance, but Derek too, knew that there was no such thing as the 'perfect' relationship, no matter how much they loved each other.
Despite how much trouble the wish had caused, Casey was sort of glad it had happened. Without it, she may just regard Derek was the annoying, egotistical jerk that she had been forced to live with throughout her adolesence . And now? She was marrying the guy.
Derek looked down at her as they danced to a reasonably fast paced song together. He saw the smile that was etched into her features, and she knew that the same thoughts were going through his head right about now. Well, minus the wish. She knew that he was just as happy about the outcome of things as she was. He smirked and leaned down, pressing a quick kiss against her lips, before pulling back and twirling her around, laughing. Casey laughed right along with him. There may not be a flawless person out there, but right now, she could only think of one way to describe her and Derek. They were as close to perfection than perhaps anyone else had ever gotten.
'A taste of perfection.' she thought to herself. Dizzy from all the turning, she stumbled, but Derek caught her around the waist, shooting her one of his amazing smiles. She smiled right back at him. They weren't perfect; they just had a taste of perfection. She laughed.
The ending gave me a bit of trouble, so sorry if it seems rushed. I just HAD to bring Terra back, even if it was only briefly :) Characters may be a bit OOC, but its a few years into the future and they've had more of a chance to get used to each other and mature and all that! Anyway, thanks to everybody who read and reviewed this story :) I love you guys, aha! One more time, please review! It means a lot! Since basically all of you wanted the twoshot, I'll do it. It should be up in a few days ! Thanks again to everyone who read this story :)